From Mustapha Isah Kwaru, Maiduguri
The Nigerian Army has said that, several fleeing Boko Haram insurgents were killed by troops of Operation Lafiya who attempted forcing their way through military position in Giniri town in Yobe state.
A statement issued by Maj. Nureni Alimi, Assistant Director Army Public Relations 27 Task Force Brigade yesterday and said the incident happened on Friday even as two soldiers were injured in the encounter but were in stable condition.
“The ongoing clearance operations through Operation DEEP PUNCH II in Operation LAFIYA DOLE, is yielding the desired result with the victory over the terrorists. Some desperate Boko Haram terrorists attempted to escape the theatre through one of the formidable blocking positions in Goniri, Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State, had been severely dealt with on Friday 9th February 2018”.
“The terrorists in attempt to penetrate through the troops lying in wait were mercilessly trashed. Troops destroyed their Vehicle-borne Improvised Explosive Devices (IED), neutralized quite a number and wounded several other escaping Boko Haram terrorists”, the statement said.
“Similarly, they recovered an Anti-aircraft gun with long belt of ammunitions, an AK-47 Rifle and other items immediately the terrorists encountered the troops around 6:20pm, they adopted rapid firing, while the troops responded with maximum volume of fire. The troops’ tank tactically flanked and crushed the IED laden vehicle of the terrorists”.
“The response was very efficient as only 2 soldiers sustained minor injuries.The two brave soldiers are currently receiving treatment in the Brigade Field Ambulance.Preliminary investigation reveals that some unscrupulous Boko Haram terrorists informants might have hinted the terrorist group that the troops had moved along with their equipment out of the blocking position the previous day, hoping that penetration through the area would have been easy.
“Disappointedly, they met gallant troops who proved too impenetrable, frustrated their effort and cleared their doubt”.
“It should be noted that having been forced out of their hideouts due to the ongoing Operation DEEP PUNCH II, the remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists have resorted to marauding around isolated communities and fleeing the theatre.“Nevertheless, the troops have remained resilient and on maximum alert, full of high morale,” it further added.